Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival celebrates 25th anniversary!

Fest to be held at the Palm Springs Cultural Center on May 9-12.
Tickets and film lineup to be revealed soon!
Make your travel plans now!
Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival May 12-15, 2022.

Upcoming Events

Mar
22
Fri
all-day NOIR CITY Hollywood Returns to t... @ Egyptian Theatre
NOIR CITY Hollywood Returns to t... @ Egyptian Theatre
Mar 22 – Mar 31 all-day
NOIR CITY Hollywood Returns to the Refurbished Egyptian Theater March 22-31, 2024 @ Egyptian Theatre
The venerable Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, newly refurbished by Netflix, will once again play host to an amazing line-up of classic noir cinema. Programming and details TO BE ANNOUNCED — please check this space.
Apr
18
Thu
all-day TCM Classic Film Festival Hollyw... @ TCL Chinese Theatre
TCM Classic Film Festival Hollyw... @ TCL Chinese Theatre
Apr 18 – Apr 21 all-day
TCM Classic Film Festival Hollywood - April 18-21, 2024 @ TCL Chinese Theatre
15th TCM Classic Film Festival MOST WANTED: CRIME AND JUSTICE IN FILM APRIL 18–21, 2024 Since the beginning of cinema, filmmakers around the world have long been captivated by the inherent conflict between criminal endeavors[...]
May
9
Thu
all-day Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival ... @ Palm Springs Cultural Center
Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival ... @ Palm Springs Cultural Center
May 9 – May 12 all-day
Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival celebrates 25th anniversary! @ Palm Springs Cultural Center
WHAT: Fest to be held at the Palm Springs Cultural Center on May 9-12, 2024. Tickets and film lineup to be revealed soon! Make your travel plans now! WHERE: Palm Springs Cultural Center 2300 E[...]
Jul
18
Thu
all-day Plaza Classic Film Festival – El... @ Plaza
Plaza Classic Film Festival – El... @ Plaza
Jul 18 – Jul 28 all-day
Plaza Classic Film Festival - El Paso TX - July 18 - 28, 2024 @ Plaza
The Plaza Classic Film Festival, which returns for its 17th year July 18-28, 2024, was started by the El Paso Community Foundation in 2008 as a special project to bring movies back to the historic[...]
Sep
6
Fri
all-day NOIR CITY: Chicago – September 6... @ Music Box Theatre
NOIR CITY: Chicago – September 6... @ Music Box Theatre
Sep 6 – Sep 12 all-day
NOIR CITY: Chicago - September 6-12, 2024 @ Music Box Theatre
Noir City Chicago 2024 Returning to the Music Box Theatre, Chicago becomes Noir City once more September 6th through the 12th, 2024. Complete program and details will appear in this space as they are announced.[...]

Recent Video Appearances and Podcasts

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Gilda

Alan K. Rode discusses the classic film noir GILDA (1946) with David Garonzik of the Naples Florida Cinematheque describing the backstory of the true life romance between Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford along with the machinations of Columbia mogul Harry Cohn and director Charles Vidor.

Alan k rode with maria korpocheva.

New Podcast: Alan discusses his personal history with and in the San Fernando Valley!!

Alan K. Rode is the guest of Maria Korpacheva for an audio survey of the Woodland Hills portion of the San Fernando Valley and its history of Hollywood luminaries.

The cowboy up podcast.

The Cowboy Up Podcast - Blood on the Moon

Alan K. Rode talks about his book celebrating “Blood on the Moon,” starring Robert Mitchum: a 1948 classic Western immersed in the film noir netherworld of double crosses, government corruption, shabby barrooms, gun-toting goons, and romantic betrayals. 

Steve rubin's saturday night at the movies.

Steven Jay Rubin's Saturday Night at the Movies

Alan K. Rode talks everythng “Michael Curtiz – Super Director” in this podcast hosted by Steven Jay Rubin.

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Music Box Theatre celebrates the darker side of life with Noir City: Chicago

Alan K. Rode gives CBS Chicago a thorough overview of film noir, his and Eddie Muller’s longstanding film noir preservation efforts, and in particular the outsized impact Chicago has played in the history of film noir classics.

Blood on the moon poster featuring robert mitchum.

The Extras: Blood on the Moon

Author Alan K. Rode joins Tim Millard’s podcast to discuss his new book BLOOD ON THE MOON, a detailed look at the making of the 1948 western. The discussion takes a deep dive into how this film is a prime example of a noir western, which was a movement in westerns toward realism after World War II.

Alan provides background on star Robert Mitchum and why he was a perfect fit for this noir western style. Tim and Alan also discuss the great director Robert Wise, cinematographer Nicolas Musuraca and the other members of the production team. And then in turn they discuss stars Robert Preston, Barbara Bel Geddes, Phyllis Thaxter, Walter Brennan, and Charles McGraw. The podcast ends with an update from George Feltenstein of the Warner Archive, as to why the film never received a DVD release, and the work that went into bringing it out on Blu-ray in early 2020.

How the west was cast.

How the West Was 'Cast

Blood on the Moon (1948) – Andrew Patrick Nelson and Matthew Chernov interview Film Scholar Alan K. Rode

The gripping story of a down-and-out cowhand who becomes ensnared in a complex scheme to dupe a local rancher out of a fortune, the moody 1948 film Blood on the Moon combines the mythic milieu of the Hollywood Western with the dark psychological themes of a classic noir. On this engaging episode, Andrew Patrick Nelson chats with acclaimed author, biographer and film noir expert Alan K. Rode, whose latest book – titled Blood on the Moon – offers a fascinating analysis of this influential Western.

George Feltenstein, Alan K. Rode -- Casablanca.

The Extras PODCAST: George Feltenstein, Alan K. Rode

Alan K. Rode visits Cinecon for the restoration of INVADERS FROM MARS (1953).

Journeys in Darkness and Light (The Great Movies) with Andy Wolverton and Darnice Jasper

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NOIR TALK – Alan K. Rode Interview

NOIR TALK – Alan K. Rode Interview

Episode 11: Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, with Alan K. Rode Film Noir Foundation charter director and treasurer Alan K. Rode joins us to discuss his new biography of Michael Curtiz, one of classic Hollywood's greatest directors. We start with Curtiz's early life and...

The Politics of Yankee Doodle Dandy

The Politics of Yankee Doodle Dandy

The notion for a biographical film about legendary show business powerhouse George M. Cohan had been kicking around Hollywood since the late 1930s. The father of American musical comedy claimed to be born on July 4, 1878 and began treading the boards at age eight in...

75th Anniversary of Casablanca

75th Anniversary of Casablanca

  It is a life-enriching event to watch Casablanca on the big screen. In commemoration of the film’s 75th anniversary, I urge everyone to take in the nationwide TCM/Fathom theatrical screening on November 12-15. For more info:...

NOIR TALK – Alan K. Rode Interview

NOIR TALK Podcast Episode 2 with Alan K. Rode

I had the privilege of being a guest on the FNF’s NOIR TALK podcast with host Haggai Elitzur. The discussion includes the recently concluded NOIR CITY, HOLLYWOOD festival and the upcoming ARTHUR LYONS FILM NOIR FESTIVAL in Palm Springs next month. Enjoy the chat!...

Top Ten Film Noirs

Top Ten Film Noirs

Ten of My Favorite Film Noirs Ten isn’t nearly enough, but there you have it. Here are some of my faves that are seminal genre entries, a classic that can’t be denied or, I just plain dug the hell out of the picture. The order of these films is not hierarchical.  Like...

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Blu-ray® Classics

. . . new and forthcoming, with added Commentaries and Documentaries from Alan.

High noon blu-ray cover.

HIGH NOON

Alan is the featured commentator on this special edition release of HIGH NOON (1952).

Directed by : Fred Zinnemann
Cast : Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Otto Kruger, Harry Morgan, Lee Van Cleef, Lon Chaney Jr., Ian MacDonald, Robert J. Wilke, Sheb Wooley
Available Date : 04/16/2024
Release Year : 1952
Running Time : 85

/Users/opportunity/Library/Application Support/CleanShot/media/media_A6wfCkX8Zk/FILM NOIR THE DARK SIDE OF CINEMA volume 16.

FILM NOIR: THE DARK SIDE OF CINEMA XVI

The Mystery of Marie Roget

Chicago Deadline

Iron Man

Upcoming Events

Mar
22
Fri
all-day NOIR CITY Hollywood Returns to t... @ Egyptian Theatre
NOIR CITY Hollywood Returns to t... @ Egyptian Theatre
Mar 22 – Mar 31 all-day
NOIR CITY Hollywood Returns to the Refurbished Egyptian Theater March 22-31, 2024 @ Egyptian Theatre
The venerable Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, newly refurbished by Netflix, will once again play host to an amazing line-up of classic noir cinema. Programming and details TO BE ANNOUNCED — please check this space.
Apr
18
Thu
all-day TCM Classic Film Festival Hollyw... @ TCL Chinese Theatre
TCM Classic Film Festival Hollyw... @ TCL Chinese Theatre
Apr 18 – Apr 21 all-day
TCM Classic Film Festival Hollywood - April 18-21, 2024 @ TCL Chinese Theatre
15th TCM Classic Film Festival MOST WANTED: CRIME AND JUSTICE IN FILM APRIL 18–21, 2024 Since the beginning of cinema, filmmakers around the world have long been captivated by the inherent conflict between criminal endeavors[...]
May
9
Thu
all-day Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival ... @ Palm Springs Cultural Center
Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival ... @ Palm Springs Cultural Center
May 9 – May 12 all-day
Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival celebrates 25th anniversary! @ Palm Springs Cultural Center
WHAT: Fest to be held at the Palm Springs Cultural Center on May 9-12, 2024. Tickets and film lineup to be revealed soon! Make your travel plans now! WHERE: Palm Springs Cultural Center 2300 E[...]
Jul
18
Thu
all-day Plaza Classic Film Festival – El... @ Plaza
Plaza Classic Film Festival – El... @ Plaza
Jul 18 – Jul 28 all-day
Plaza Classic Film Festival - El Paso TX - July 18 - 28, 2024 @ Plaza
The Plaza Classic Film Festival, which returns for its 17th year July 18-28, 2024, was started by the El Paso Community Foundation in 2008 as a special project to bring movies back to the historic[...]
Sep
6
Fri
all-day NOIR CITY: Chicago – September 6... @ Music Box Theatre
NOIR CITY: Chicago – September 6... @ Music Box Theatre
Sep 6 – Sep 12 all-day
NOIR CITY: Chicago - September 6-12, 2024 @ Music Box Theatre
Noir City Chicago 2024 Returning to the Music Box Theatre, Chicago becomes Noir City once more September 6th through the 12th, 2024. Complete program and details will appear in this space as they are announced.[...]
Narrated by morgan freeman. Max original. 100 years of warner bros.

Featured Commentator: 100 Years of Warner Bros.

Alan is a featured commentator in Part One of 100 Years of Warner Bros. Documentary now streaming on Max.

Blu-ray® Classics

. . . new and forthcoming, with added Commentaries and Documentaries from Alan.

High noon blu-ray cover.

HIGH NOON

Alan is the featured commentator on this special edition release of HIGH NOON (1952).

Directed by : Fred Zinnemann
Cast : Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Otto Kruger, Harry Morgan, Lee Van Cleef, Lon Chaney Jr., Ian MacDonald, Robert J. Wilke, Sheb Wooley
Available Date : 04/16/2024
Release Year : 1952
Running Time : 85

/Users/opportunity/Library/Application Support/CleanShot/media/media_A6wfCkX8Zk/FILM NOIR THE DARK SIDE OF CINEMA volume 16.

FILM NOIR: THE DARK SIDE OF CINEMA XVI

The Mystery of Marie Roget

Chicago Deadline

Iron Man

Four film noir classics volume 2.

Four Film Noir Classics - Vol. 2

The Suspect

The Sleeping City

Thunder on the Hill

Six Bridges to Cross

Essential film noir collection 4.

Essential Film Noir: Collection 4

Rope of Sand (1949)

Appointment with Danger (1950)

The Enforcer (1951)

Beware, My Lovely (1952)

Jennifer (1953)

Essential Film Noir Collection 3

Essential Film Noir Collection 3

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

No Man Of Her Own (1950)

The Turning Point (1952)

The Desperate Hours (1955)

box set of blu-ray discs

Essential Film Noir Collection 1

Framed (1947)

Alias Nick Beal (1949)

Detective Story (1951)

The Garment Jungle (1957)

Books

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